At Least One These 8 Random Things Will Make Your Life Better

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A few of my favorite web sightings. In no particular order.

 

 

1. This article from Fast Co. 

 

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8 Simple Scientifically Proven Ways to Improve Your Writing

 

 

2. Unroll.me

 

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Unroll.me is a free tool that lets Hotmail, Outlook, Gmail and Yahoo users unsubscribe from multiple different emails, newsletters and marketing content in a few easy steps. It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders since I used their site to eliminate those pesky newsletter and sales subscriptions! One tip: the site eventually prompts you to post to Facebook (and advertise for them) – so I just made the post “Visible to ‘Me Only’” when the FB dialog popped up.

 

 

3. Tiny: A Story About Living Small

 

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Tiny is a documentary film by Merete Mueller and Christopher Smith, about their attempt to build a 130-square foot “Tiny House” from scratch with no building experience. I watched the hour-long film on Netflix and was genuinely touched by the subjects’ journeys, ideals, thoughts and lifestyles. Our Blend group is planning a screening during lunch soon. I’m sure it will lead to some interesting conversations.

 

 

4. Adobe Ink & Slide

 

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Adobe Ink & Slide is “creative hardware that makes sketching and drawing more natural and fluid. Designed to be used with the iPad, Adobe Ink is a fine-tip, pressure-sensitive pen built using Adonit Pixelpoint technology to give you greater creative control and unprecedented precision. Adobe Slide is a digital ruler that lets you draw any shape on your iPad — including straight lines, perfect circles, classic French curves, and more.” The latest and greatest from Adobe, curious to try it out!

 

 

5. “You Suck at Powerpoint”

 

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Jesse Desjardins, creator of the presentation “You Suck at Powerpoint: 5 Shocking Design Mistakes You Need to Avoid”, puts it simply: “It’s not the program that sucks, it’s you.” Ok, that’s a bit harsh. BUT his advice is legit… and sounds very familiar.

Jesse also has curated a nice sampling of slides from Cannes Lions 2013 presentations (the world’s biggest annual awards show and festival for professionals in the creative communications industry). He highlights slides from companies like Airbnb, Big Spaceship, Coca-cola, Deutsch LA, Nielsen, and many more… you’ll notice they don’t “suck at powerpoint.”

 

 

6. Midori Traveler’s Notebook

 

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The Midori Traveler’s Notebook is my new favorite thing. Turns out, I’m obsessed with Japanese stationery. I bought my beautiful, refillable, customizable, leather notebook from maido.com (but you can find them on Amazon.com too). I love the simplicity of the design and the worn-in, organized chaos look of it. I also bought the calendar insert (yes, I’m old school… no iPhone scheduling for me), brass pen, a leather penholder, and brass bookmarks.

 

 

7. Muji

 

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Muji is a Japanese department store, or as I like to call it, the Japanese Ikea. They recently opened a 2nd location in LA. I stopped by their 1st LA location, in Hollywood, a few weeks ago. After an hour in the store, my husband had to practically drag me out of there. Each object was so fascinating to me. As I wandered through the store, I found myself double-taking nearly every piece of merchandise. Very clever, very simple and very well crafted.

 

 

8. Columbusing

 

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Columbusing: The Art Of Discovering Something That Is Not New” – an NPR headline (and clever new word!) recently caught my attention. Events like the Color Run are all the rage in the United States, but most organizers don’t mention that these events are inspired by the Hindu festival of Holi… The thought provoking article is worth a read.

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